3 Things to Know About Potential Deshaun Watson Trade to the Dolphins

Deshaun Watson Dolphins trade

Both the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans are at a crossroads. Miami just saw their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa go down to injury, and Houston is also still tied up with the off-field drama with Deshaun Watson and cannot risk putting their incumbent franchise QB back into action following backup Tyrod Taylor’s own injury in Week 2. As such, the Dolphins and Texans appear to be ideal business partners given their respective QB conundrums.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three possible trade scenarios that the Miami Dolphins can offer to the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson. And to be on top of all the developments from the NFL offseason and beyond, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

Houston’s “Pick” of the Litter

It’s been reported by several media outlets that only the Dolphins have reached out to the Texans for Deshaun Watson’s services. And as it stands, Houston’s asking price for the three-time Pro Bowl selection is rather steep at three first-round picks at minimum.

That being said, the Fins do have a wealth of future first-round picks at their disposal, including San Francisco’s first-rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft. Making a trade involving several of the Fins’ prized draft picks is made all the more intriguing when Watson agreed to waive his no-trade clause if he is indeed about to be shipped to sunny Miami. 

Pieces For A Playoff Push

After two weeks of action, both the Texans and Dolphins are 1-1 for the season. The former has been surprisingly competitive despite Houston’s rag-tag roster without Watson running the show, and the latter suffered a huge blow to their playoff-contention dreams when Tua Tagovailoa went down in Week 2 due to a rib injury.

As such, the two teams would mutually benefit in a transfer of power of sorts, with Miami sending a key defender or two in exchange for the former CFP national champion along with draft picks of lesser value than their top-tier future first-round picks. Cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones come to mind, as the two defensive backs account for 14.6 percent of Miami’s salary cap in 2022, and to free up cap room by way of dealing either of these two standout corners will all but ensure that the Dolphins will have no issues handling Watson’s own contract.

 

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Sunnier Outlook Elsewhere For Both Sides

Although Watson is expected to win or at least settle his legal troubles in the weeks ahead, acquiring the troubled gunslinger is still a risky endeavor for Miami. That being said, the Dolphins can certainly hold off trade talks if Houston’s asking price remains unfeasible. 

The Texans shouldn’t be in a hurry to deal Watson themselves either if the price isn’t right. They can simply suck up the $10.54-million hit from Deshaun’s salary this season and wait for the court proceedings to take their course and decide Watson’s fate. After all, there are several teams who are rumored to be interested in Watson’s services as well (but have not been reported to have reached out to Houston yet). The Panthers, Eagles, and Broncos are those teams supposedly in the mix, which means Watson has a good number of suitors regardless of the fallout from his highly-publicized controversy. 

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